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Samuel Adams summer variety pack hittin the streets

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by Hobby, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. Hobby

    Hobby Aficionado (195) Michigan May 26, 2012

    As I look at the snow on the ground and the flakes flying on this twenty something degree day in March, I've noticed the Sam summer pack is coming.

    This years package consists of -

    Summer Ale
    Boston Lager
    Porch Rocker
    Belgian Session
    Little White Rye
    Blueberry Hill Lager

    Some stores (areas) will be receiving the variety pack as soon as March 9th.
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  2. ErmaGerd

    ErmaGerd Aspirant (45) Iowa Feb 20, 2013

    I'll be sure to pour them into my boston lager perfect pint glass before enjoying.
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  3. MilkManX

    MilkManX Savant (365) Arizona Jul 10, 2012

    Summer Ale is my least favorite Seasonal from Sam Adams and this whole pack is not blowing up my skirt like the previous 3 have. I might get one 12 pack just to try that Blueberry Lager.
  4. It's sad that I've come to associate Sam's Summer as an annual March Madness tradition. At the kinds of bars you want to go to watch a bunch of games at once your tap selection tends to be extremely limited, and the best thing is often the Sam seasonal.
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  5. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poobah (1,015) Michigan Jun 18, 2012 Verified

    Pisses me the hell off that Sam Adams releases these seasonals so damn early. Why can't they release this thing in mid-May?

    Additionally, I don't care much for Summer Ale, Porch Rocker has mediocre reviews, I'm over Boston Lager (they should have put in S.A. Light or Boston Ale or something instead), etc.

    The only one I care to try is the Blueberry Lager. I hope that's in standalone packs.
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  6. Not a Sam's hater at all; I typically buy their seasonal at least once. This is the first one in a long time that I will pass on. I'm ready for the Fall pack already.
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  7. BlindSalimander

    BlindSalimander Savant (345) Texas Aug 16, 2010 Verified

    Already hit the 80's here in Ft. Worth. 60's-70's most days. Time for summer beer.

    As Winston Wolf said to Jules and Vincent: Move out of the sticks boys.
  8. Shmuffalo

    Shmuffalo Savant (420) Pennsylvania Feb 26, 2012 Beer Trader

    It kind of stinks that this is my least favorite release, but its going to be on the shelves the longest of any of their releases.
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  9. Good news is, you shouldn't have to wait long.
  10. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Advocate (745) Massachusetts Mar 17, 2009 Beer Trader

    I wonder if the blueberry hill lager is as bad as it sounds.
  11. Well that sucks I would much rather drink Samuel Adams Alpine Spring which seems to be the seasonal now.
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  12. But you have all of January and February to drink the Spring beer. :)
  13. Taste pretty good late march. I could drink it till June which to me really is summer
  14. raynmoon

    raynmoon Advocate (630) Colorado Aug 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    It is almost time for summer beer in California. At least wait for Easter.
  15. BeastLU

    BeastLU Advocate (570) Virginia Dec 20, 2012

    It snowed yesterday...
  16. willbm3

    willbm3 Savant (390) Massachusetts Feb 19, 2010

    12 packs of Sam Summer hit the streets of Boston today. It's currently snowing
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  17. iwanatalk2sampson

    iwanatalk2sampson Aficionado (235) Rhode Island Jan 23, 2013 Beer Trader

    I never buy a 12 pack but always taste them, one way or another.
  18. Cuzco

    Cuzco Savant (410) New York Mar 22, 2008 Beer Trader

    You must be glad you only have to wait until May for that box!!
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  19. beerme411

    beerme411 Savant (370) California Sep 28, 2010

    Seriously this is crazy went 2 supermarkets within 10 minutes of each other 1 was full of Winter packs and a couple spring. The other had some spring and mostly summer, by june well get the fall pack. Yay fresh pumpkin beer on my birthday!
  20. TheSamKuehn

    TheSamKuehn Champion (810) Florida Aug 27, 2012 Beer Trader

    I've given up on breweries releasing their seasonals at the appropriate time. Summer beers in March, Pumpkin beers in August, Christmas beers in Sept./Oct., etc. It never ends.
  21. Kikodamian

    Kikodamian Zealot (90) Florida Feb 9, 2013

    I went to a restaurant a few weeks ago and they said Sam Adams seasonal was on draft and I asked them what it was and they said it was Alpine Spring. I'm not surprised the summer packs are hitting the shelves. I'm not quite ready for them but whatcha gonna do?
  22. raynmoon

    raynmoon Advocate (630) Colorado Aug 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    Sierra Nevada always gets their release schedule right...
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  23. tzieser

    tzieser Advocate (585) Arizona Nov 21, 2006

    It was 84 today and will be 80+ everday from here on out. I lived in MA all my life and never understood why seasonals came out so early....well now i understand that some markets can handle an early summer release. You wont hear any seasonal complaints here!
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  24. good more for us
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  25. LMT

    LMT Savant (375) Virginia Oct 15, 2009

    I have about 2 inches of snow on the ground in northern VA today...saw the summer variety pack last Friday.

    I'ts still stout season here!
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  26. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Advocate (705) Florida Jul 15, 2011 Beer Trader

    I hear Blueberry lager and i vomit in my mouth a little bit. It's Wild Blue's fault.
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  27. I'm sick of SA trying to ram a witbier down the consumers throat.
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  28. willbm3

    willbm3 Savant (390) Massachusetts Feb 19, 2010

    It's because it's a "girly" beer and a good style for people who don't really like beer. It's also a could simmer style. I see why they're doing it from a business standpoint but how many different witbiers (or almost witbiers) have they released in the last two years?
  29. :eek: Whaaa??

  30. There's one in every single seasonal pack. They've been awful drainpours to unmemorable and mediocre. If they could brew a winner I'd enjoy it, but they would have done in by now. From a business stand point, they lost me on this mix pack because 3 of the beers sound bad, one sounds mediocre, the Belgian session sounds of some interest and then there's BL.
  31. willbm3

    willbm3 Savant (390) Massachusetts Feb 19, 2010

    I rarely buy the mix packs. I'm lucky if half of them are moderately enjoyable. It always seems to me that their mix packs are geared at non craft drinkers.

  32. I agree. I'll grab one when it comes out just to see if anything jumps out. I'll probably stop doing that soon.
  33. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Advocate (685) Massachusetts Mar 29, 2007 Beer Trader

    I was at a bar the other day where the Harpoon seasonal was still Winter Warmer. I'll take fresh summer beers over old winter beers any day of the week.
  34. Eww, Winter Warmer... Surprised they didn't swap that out for Celtic for St Patty's Day...
  35. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Advocate (685) Massachusetts Mar 29, 2007 Beer Trader

    Yeah, I definitely made a WTF face when she said that.
  36. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poobah (1,180) Colorado Aug 15, 2010 Beer Trader

    I hope I didn't miss another thread about this, but I just picked this pack up and was wondering what people thought of it? I figure it's worth a thread revival. I tried the radler and was none too impressed.
  37. lsummers

    lsummers Advocate (535) California Jun 21, 2010

    I tried a couple of these at a friends house. Started with the Little White Rye since I love rye notes, but I found it drinkable but un pleasing. Next I had the porch rocker, I had to drain pour that guy. One of the worst I've had in a while.
  38. Zbyler

    Zbyler Aficionado (220) Connecticut Jan 18, 2013

    I tried it the other day and it is pretty bad.

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  39. Summer mixed and longshot hit OK today...it's a balmy 40 degrees!
  40. Zbyler

    Zbyler Aficionado (220) Connecticut Jan 18, 2013

    From what our Sam rep said, they do it because summer and oktoberfest are their best sellers. Spring and winter don't sell very well for the most part so they want to get to summer as fast as possible.

    Also, they ran out of alpine spring early this year so they had to push the summer out or not have any product out. Just like last summer when the summer was gone wayyyyy to early and oktoberfest was out.